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NFSO Nov. 15 Concert w Internationally Renowned Guest Cellist

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


11/7/2014 - On Saturday, November 15, 2014 the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 28th season continues with “Czech it Out!” - an all-Czech music program featuring internationally renowned Guest Artist Sergey Antonov, the 2007 Tchaikovsky International Competition Gold Medal Winner.

Hailed as “a brilliant cellist” by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, the much sought-after Antonov has performed at world-renowned venues from Russia’s Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Antonov will perform Dvorák’s magnificent Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104. His appearance is sponsored by Healing Art Acupuncture & Massage, Dr. Tzon Jiunn Wu, of Miramar Beach.

The NFSO concert will also feature Smetana’s beloved tone poem The Moldau from Má Vlas and Dvorák’s festive Carnival Overture Opus 92.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm. The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The NFSO was established in 1987 and is operated under the auspices of the college as the Emerald Coast’s premier fully-professional orchestra.

NFSO concert tickets are available by phone, web or in-person from the Box Office for $25 each adult and $18 youth ages 18 and younger. Active Duty Military may purchase discount tickets for $18 each for themselves and their guests. Currently enrolled NWF State College students may request one free ticket per student ID in-person from the Box Office, space permitting. Call the Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or purchase online at Box Office hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and from 6:00 to 7:30 pm the night of the concert.

Hailed as “a brilliant cellist” in his early 20’s by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, Sergey Antonov went on to prove his mentor’s proclamation when in 2007 he became one of the youngest cellists awarded the gold medal at the world’s premier musical Olympiad, the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition. His international performance tours have taken him to most European countries, Asia, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Antonov studied at the Moscow Conservatory where his abilities were recognized by Rostropovich, who had frequently taught master classes to gifted and highly advanced pupils. The celebrated cellist was so impressed with Antonov’s talent, he invited the young student to perform with him during a tour of Europe and Russia.

In addition to being the 2007 Tchaikovsky gold medal winner for cello, Antonov has been a recipient of the 2008 Golden Talent Award by the Russian Performing Arts Foundation, as well as garnering top soloist honors in numerous prestigious international competitions in Germany, Hungary, and the USA.

In 2009 the Moscow Philharmonic commissioned a concerto to be written especially for Sergey by a Russian composer Andrey Mikita on the themes of the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” by Tchaikovsky. Antonov also performed the concerto in Russia with the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Ekaterinburg Symphony Orchestra as well as Lithuania National Orchestra in Vilnius, Lithuania, to great acclaim.

In recent seasons Sergey has appeared in numerous concerts with the Moscow Philharmonic in Russia as well as a soloist with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and performances with Nashua (NH) Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax (VA) Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. He has also performed live in concert on Boston’s NPR radio station WGBH, and his performance with the Moscow Philharmonic in their “Stars of the 21st Century” series has been broadcast on Russian National Television.


“ 26, Antonov’s Reno debut is nothing less than sensational.” — Jack Neal, Nevada Events and Reviews

“Antonov’s exceptionally centered, beautiful, and focused sound is undeniably fetching, and his musical intentions are invariably clearly defined. He calls on the dark power of the lower reaches of his instrument to splendid effect and does so with subtle variations of color and horsepower, not to mention the supreme ease with which he entices tone of from all of this lovely cello’s regions.” —Christopher Greenleaf, Boston Musical Intelligencer, July 19, 2011

“Sergey Antonov is a cellist for the ages. Hailed in his early 20’s as “a brilliant cellist” by no less than Mstislav Rostropovich, he has blossomed into an artist of great warmth and musical brilliance. .. One of the youngest awardees of the prestigious Tchaikovsky medal in Moscow, Antonov plays with near technical perfection and a fully mature sense of line. He is passionate or delicate where required, emotional without being sentimental, and generally just beautiful... Surely playing the cello is one of the most personal of instrumental experiences. The player’s body is literally wrapped around it, in a careful embrace, the sound emanating from the center of the body of both person and instrument. With a range very close to that of the human voice, the cello is capable of embodying great emotion, and Antonov seems well-suited to conveying that. The romantic literature helped, as do his chiseled good looks. When deep into the demanding physical parts of the music, sweaty and hair flying, he could easily walk onto the set of the TV drama True Blood as a powerful, other-worldly entity. ……” Excerpt from review by Elisa Birdseye May 14, 2013 for Classical Scene.

“ incredibly warm, penetrating and vibrant tone... a romantic musical sensibility to create music-making of a high caliber.” — Kevin Shopland, The Budapest Sun

"...a performance with soaring phrases and a tone to die for.” — Channing Gray, JournalArts, Providence, RI

To purchase NFSO concert tickets,contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office by phone at (850) 729-6000 or web:

NFSO Concert tickets are $25 each adult and $18 for Active Duty Military and their guests. Youth age 18 and younger are also $18 each. NWFSC students may request one free ticket per student ID in person from the Box Office, space permitting.

See the NFSO website for more information on the NFSO, all the season's symphony concerts and NFSO Guest Artist Recitals at

The NFSO is a fully-professional orchestra that was established in 1987 under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College. The NFSO is under the direction of Jeffrey Rink, Music Director and Conductor. Rink is also a faculty member at NWF State College, and holds the Mattie M. Kelly Distinguished Endowed Teaching Chair in Music and Orchestra Conducting.

The NFSO relies on tax-deductible donations and corporate underwriting to support the orchestra and its numerous, long-standing educational endeavors for area youth. Contact the NFSO or the college’s Foundation to make a donation to support the NFSO.